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dc.contributor.advisor Wolfe, Cary
dc.creatorGriffiths, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-05T14:56:25Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-05T14:56:28Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-05T14:56:25Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-05T14:56:28Z
dc.date.created 2012-12
dc.date.issued 2013-06-05
dc.date.submitted December 2012
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/71283
dc.description.abstract My dissertation employed intellectual historian Michel Foucault’s notion of biopolitics—which can be most broadly parsed as the political organization of life—to examine the way the lives of Aboriginal people were regulated and surveilled in relation to settler European norms. The study is a focused investigation into a topic with global ramifications: the governance of race and sexuality and the effect of such governance on the production of apparently inclusive cultural productions within the public spheres. I argue that the way in which subaltern peoples have been governed in the past and the way their cultures have been appropriated continue to be in the present is not extraneous to but rather formative of what is often misleadingly called “the” public sphere of dominant societies. In the second part, I analyze the legacies of this biopolitical moment and emphasize, particularly, the cultural politics of affect and trauma in relation to this (not quite) past. Authors addressed include: Xavier Herbert, P. R. Stephensen, Rex Ingamells, Kim Scott, Alexis Wright, and others. I also examine Australian Aboriginal policy texts througout the twentieth century up to the "Bringing Them Home" Report (1997).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAboriginal studies
Australia
Cultural memory
Indigenous
Public sphere
Colonialism
Postcolonialism
Liberalism
dc.title Unsettling Artifacts: Biopolitics, Cultural Memory, and the Public Sphere in a (Post)Settler Colony
dc.contributor.committeeMember Joseph, Betty
dc.contributor.committeeMember Faubion, James D.
dc.date.updated 2013-06-05T14:56:28Z
dc.identifier.slug 123456789/ETD-2012-12-223
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department English
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Griffiths, Michael. "Unsettling Artifacts: Biopolitics, Cultural Memory, and the Public Sphere in a (Post)Settler Colony." (2013) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/71283.


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